Pre-election information session

Workshop overview

This session is for community leaders considering whether to run in the local government election.

The session will help people decide whether to nominate for the election and if so, what to expect if they are elected. The session covers the requirements of Appendix D of the Office of Local Government Councillor Induction and Professional Development Guidelines 2018. This includes the role and responsibilities of local government, councillors and staff under the Local Government Act, as well as the legal and ethical obligations of councillors. We also cover the practicalities of being an elected representative.

We customise the session to cover individual council processes. We can also tailor the session to meet the specific needs of your local council, such as promoting diversity or women in government.

Key learning outcomes

The content includes:

  • role of local government
  • roles and responsibilities of councillors and staff under the Local Government Act
  • legal and ethical responsibilities of the mayor and councillors
  • skills, knowledge and personal attributes needed to be a councillor
  • time commitment required of a mayor and councillor
  • support available to assist the mayor and councillors in their roles

Who should attend

This session is designed for community leaders thinking about nominating for the next local government election.

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What attendees receive

A candidate information pack is prepared for attendees which includes important information about the election process and what to expect if elected. This is prepared in collaboration with your council and incorporate material from the NSW Electoral Commission.

Delivery method

We can deliver this session in person or online to suit your council’s needs. The session duration can also be tailored to meet your requirements including combining the workshop with other topics as part of a package.

Your facilitators

Your instructor for this course is Emma Broomfield, the Founder and Chief Educator at Locale Learning. Emma is a trained lawyer and nationally accredited mediator with a passion for helping communities work better together. She strongly believes in the power of local leaders to transform local communities.

Over many years, Emma has worked with local councillors in a range of different capacities. This includes as a Code of Conduct reviewer, coach, trainer, legal advisor and conflict resolution specialist. Emma is known for her warm engaging style and practical training workshops.

What people say about Emma’s training style

"Very professional and astute."

"Informative, knowledgeable, presented well"

"Very engaging – thorough but not overwhelming"

Emma Broomfield Locale Learning

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